November 25, 2014

Bison volleyball fourth at state

By Jarann Johnson

The Hazen Bison really enjoy playing at the Minot State Dome. The Bison played the maximum amount sets at the Class B tournament hosted by Minot State last week – playing three five-set matches and finishing fourth overall.

Opening round
Hazen entered their opening round game as the No. 4-rated team in the tournament, and Grant County was unranked. According to the rankings it was supposed to be a Hazen win, but the only problem was that Grant County wasn’t paying attention to the tournament seeds.
Hazen got off to the start that they were expected to and led 4-0 after a kill by senior Autumn Johnson, and soon the score was 8-2 in favor of Hazen after a kill by junior Krista Slaubaugh.
The match went the unexpected route after that. Grant County figured out a way to nibble away at Hazen’s lead slowly, then used serving to grab a small lead.  
Alyssa Mutschelknaus recorded three consecutive aces, giving Grant County a 14-11 lead. Grant County put together a 7-point run that was wedged between two Hazen errors – starting with a Slaubaugh serving error and ending with a Steph Ziegler hitting error – making the score 20-12.


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